Grow Your Own Glow: Sweet Beet Lip Gloss

All photos by David Smith

These funky fuchsia vegetables have a special place in my (funky, fuchsia?) heart. Beets are fairly easy to grow, full of antioxidants, nutritious, delicious and … aphrodisiacs. Hubba hubba.

I love beets on salads, cooked as a side with meals, pickled or even blended into a bold borscht. But this past year, I ended up with so many – I have to say I was, er, beat. So, inspired by making my own Cucumber Body Butter, I decided to concoct a Sweet Beet Lip Gloss. Check out the video here and the recipe below.

Recipe for Laurie’s Un-Beet-able Lip Gloss



3 Medium Sized Beets

½ c. Sugar

1 Drop Vanilla

1 TBSP Petroleum Jelly



1.    Juice the 3 medium sized beets.

2.    In a saucepan, heat the beet juice on low. Stir in the sugar.

3.    Continue to stir until sugar has dissolved into a thick syrup. (approximately 5 minutes)

4.    Let the reduction cool to room temperature.

5.    In a bowl, combine 1 TBSP Petroleum Jelly with 1 TSP beet reduction.



6.    Add one drop of Vanilla for flavor

7.    Stir thoroughly.

8.    Spoon into individual airtight containers. Mixture must be kept in the refrigerator and lasts approximately 1 month.


I’m in love with the subtle tint this healthy, moisturizing gloss provides – and I also love knowing exactly which ingredients went into making it. I feel good each time I put it on or whenever I share some with others.

Because it’s a wonderful gift for friends, I find myself saving all kinds of cute containers. Mint tins and recycled make-up pots are not safe around me anymore! If you’re thinking of giving this recipe a try, keep your eyes peeled for adorable air-tight containers in your world. So give it a try and let me know how it goes!

S.W.A.B.K. (Sealed with a beet kiss)!

To learn more about beets and the best time to grow certain varieties, see the gallery below.

3 Responses

  1. I plan on trying out this new recipe! In my house I am the chicken wing lover, where as hubby says they are too much work.
    Will post a pic if I can.

  2. buymotivesmakeup says:

    The Tips which is given above really awesome ………….

  3. sue, ct says:

    the beet gloss sounds awesome I'd love to try but how long can it stay out of the fridge once in a tiny air tight tin??


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